Couple doesn’t let Irma stop them from getting married in Florida
As Hurricane Irma barrels toward South Florida, thousands of people are heading north, including newlyweds from Rhode Island.
Tim and Elizabeth Pelleccione of Narragansett wed in Key West, but their nuptials were far from what they imagined. They were planning on getting married Saturday in front of their family and friends, but decided to tie the knot Tuesday before being forced to evacuate the Florida Keys.
“Everything got cancelled Tuesday morning. I think we had about 50 people plus coming down and they all got canceled from the hotel rooms to the airfares,” Tim said.
Despite not having their wedding guests there, the couple still wanted to get married in Key West.
“We went to town hall, got our license, called the photographer and the reverend if they were still willing to do it,” Elizabeth said.
The day after the wedding, Tim, Elizabeth and her 7-year-old son, Hudson, took a shuttle from Key West to Fort Lauderdale. They said Key West, a usually bustling city, looked like a ghost town.
“Everything was boarded up and I know a lot of [the locals] were holding off on leaving until the last minute because they wanted to secure their houses and what not,” Elizabeth said
NBC 10 News spoke with Tim and Elizabeth over the phone as they drove out of South Florida. The 1,400-mile ride from Fort Lauderdale to Narragansett is going to be a long one, as they said Interstate 95 looks like a parking lot.
“Just bumper to bumper traffic, we're not moving very far,” Elizabeth said, with Tim adding, “We're around 15 to 20 mph if we can for about 80 feet and stop and go, stop and go.”
The Pelleccione's plan to have a wedding reception once they’re back in Rhode Island.